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$1M bail for Hernandez associate shot outside Conn. club

Alexander Bradley Hartford, Conn. Police

HARTFORD, Conn. - Alexander Bradley, an associate of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez who was involved in a shooting outside a Connecticut nightclub Sunday, has been ordered held on $1 million bail, reports CBS Boston.

Bradley was arraigned Tuesday on charges of criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm, stealing a firearm and having a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

The 31-year-old was part of a disturbance involving money Sunday night that spilled outside of the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill in Hartford's South Meadows neighborhood, police Lt. Brian Foley said.

After Bradley was shot multiple times in the right thigh, he retrieved a gun from his car and tried to enter the nightclub, Foley said, before he opened fire. 

 

No other injuries were reported. Responding police officers stopped a car that sped away from the club, and an injured Bradley got out and fell on the street, Foley said. He was taken to a hospital under police guard and was listed in stable condition.

Bradley’s lawyer told the judge Tuesday that his client was a victim in Sunday night’s shooting, reports CBS Boston.

Detectives recovered 11 shell casings from outside of the club, Foley said, and Bradley's gun was reported stolen from Springfield, Mass. Foley said the investigation into who shot Bradley is ongoing.

Bradley, an associate of Hernandez, alleges in a Florida lawsuit that he lost his right eye when Hernandez shot him in the face as they argued outside a Miami club last February.

Hernandez is detained on a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

 Boston police, meanwhile, have linked both Hernandez and Bradley to a double homicide in July 2012. Police believe Hernandez and Bradley were in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle fatally shot Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston's South End, according to a search warrant filed by Bristol, Conn., police.

The warrant doesn't say who investigators believe pulled the trigger in the double killing or suggest a motive. No charges have been filed in the case. The warrant sought recordings of phone calls made by Bradley while he was jailed in Hartford in October for failing to appear before a Massachusetts grand jury investigating the 2012 shooting.

Investigators say they found the SUV wanted in the Boston homicides at the home of Hernandez's uncle in Bristol.

  • Crimesider Staff

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